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Best 4th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on April 25, 2017

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Roy Jones, Jr. on a Kayo boxing card( volume 1). Roy Jones, Jr. won championships at Middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.
Roy Jones, Jr. on a Kayo boxing card( volume 1). Roy Jones, Jr. won championships at Middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. | Source
Bob Foster was the light heavyweight champion of the world.He knocked out Dick Tiger for his laurels.
Bob Foster was the light heavyweight champion of the world.He knocked out Dick Tiger for his laurels. | Source
Iron Mike ravages Larry Holmes along the ropes en route to a fourth round knockout in defense of the heavyweight title.
Iron Mike ravages Larry Holmes along the ropes en route to a fourth round knockout in defense of the heavyweight title. | Source
Evander Holyfield and Dwight Qwai fought twice for the Cruiserweight title with The Real Deal winning both times.
Evander Holyfield and Dwight Qwai fought twice for the Cruiserweight title with The Real Deal winning both times. | Source
Sandy Saddler knocked out Willie Pep in four rounds to take the featherweight championship in 1948.
Sandy Saddler knocked out Willie Pep in four rounds to take the featherweight championship in 1948. | Source

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Big Time Knockouts

1. Mike Tyson K.O. 4 Larry Holmes (1988): Tyson was The Heavyweight Champion and defending his title against former champ, Larry Holmes. Tyson won the first two rounds with hooks as Holmes tied him up. Holmes landed a few jabs in the third but still lost the frame as Tyson was the effective aggressor. The 4th saw Holmes come out on his toes flicking strong jabs like he did in the old days. It didn't matter because Iron Mike was on the war path. Finally, Tyson catches Holmes with a hook and he goes down but gets up as brave as ever. Tyson then lands a left and right to the body and puts Holmes down for the count with an overhand right to the temple.

2. Roy Jones Jr. K.O. 4 Virgil Hill (1998): Light Heavyweight Champion Jones edges Hill over the first two rounds which were tentative. In the third Quick silver starts landing his jab when he throws it. Jones is setting traps and landing consistently now. In the fourth and final stanza Hill finally starts landing with frequency until Superman Roy lands a crippling right to the ribs that puts Hill down and grabbing his side. Hill is counted out for the first and only time in his career.

3. Sandy Saddler K.O. 4 Willie Pep (1948): These featherweight have already fought three times and this time Pep has lost a step...or two. Saddler rocks Pep badly in every round and he could not escape Saddler. Saddler puts Pep down three times and in the fourth he lowered the boom with a six punch flurry landing four clear hooks to the head. Pep is counted out and confused when he arises.

4. Simon Brown K.O. 4 Terry Norris (1993): Simon knocked Norris down in the first and wobbled him bad in the second. At the end of round three, Brown was out on his feet on the way back to his corner. In the final frame, Brown ran out of his corner to attack his prey. The two began trading and Brown landed a looping right to the side of the head and Terrible Terry was flat out on his back and Simon Brown was the new Jr. Middleweight Champion of the world.

5. Jack Dempsey K.O. 4 Georges Carpenter (1921): Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey pounded on the slow, plodding Carpenter the entire bout. Dempsey would leap in with huge rights and left hooks. Carpenter spent the first three rounds in retreat landing one punch at a time. Dempsey lands several hard uppercuts to win the third. The fourth frame starts with Dempsey in hot pursuit. Dempsey floors Carpenter with a two handed assault of hooks and uppercuts to end the slaughter.

6. Joe Louis K.O. 4 Max Baer (1935): The Brown Bomber dominates the first three minutes with pin point accuracy. Louis almost scores a first round stoppage with his non stop head and body punching. The pace slows in the second with Baer moving and holding but Louis still lands huge hooks and fright hands to win this stanza as well. Baer lands some hard rights in this round but is floored by a massive hook from Louis. He beats the count but is floored again at the bell. The 4th round sees Louis flicking hard sticks and landing most of them. Louis lands a huge right hand and a follow up left hook to down Baer for the ten count.

7. Sugar Ray Robinson K.O. 4 Carl BoBo Olson (1956): Robinson picked Olson apart in the first six minutes of action. The third saw BoBo valiantly make his last stand. He threw everything he had but was countered by deadly left hooks from Sugar. In the fourth round Sugar feinted a half hearted right to the body and then threw his vaunted left hook to shock his opponent and win by knockout.

8. Bob Foster K.O. 4 Dick Tiger (1968): Foster seemed hesitant at first to throw the right and Tiger stole the first 2 rounds. In the third Foster starts dictating the action with his long jab. The last round of this fight was brutal as he continues the jab. He finally made the moving tiger stand still and trade. Foster missed a big right hook in an exchange but he came back with a left hook that put Tiger out in dramatic fashion. You could have counted to 24 he was not moving.

9. Evander Holyfield K.O. 4 Dwight Qawi (1987): This fight was a rematch and it was for Holyfield's cruiserweight belt. The first round was a toss up but The Real Deal used a great jab and footwork to win the second and third rounds although they were very competitive. Holyfield ended matters in the 4th round by flooring Qawi twice the second knockdown came courtest of a huge overhand right.

10. Erik Morales K.O. 4 Junior Jones (1998): The first round was close but in the second and third Morales began to find his range and rock Jones a few times. Jones landed a few jabs but he also ate a bunch of left hooks to the head and body. Morales took total control in the final frame. For some reason Jones elected to stand and trade which made for a short night. First Morales floors him with a jab turned to hook combination but when Jones gets up he is met with 5 unanswered shots to end the match up in the refs arms.

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Mike Tyson knocked Larry Holmes down twice in the fourth round and scored a huge knockout.

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    • Anthony Binks profile image

      Anthony Binks 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Nice hub, you obviously like your sports and especially boxing. Iron Mike in his hay day was a force but like most big hitters, once he lost that bite he was done, he didn't have anything else to rely on and so was going to end up losing. A real pity. The big hitters are the real entertainers in the boxing industry.

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      simon64 4 years ago from UK

      Julian Jackson's 4th round knockout of Herol Graham always springs to mind. Jackson was some puncher!